Feature Films

Ben Stiller Meets Oliver Stone

August 18, 2008

  Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. filming Tropic Thunder   Ben Stiller, who co-wrote, directed, and stars in Tropic Thunder , the hilarious send up of self-important, self-aggrandizing, and self-deceiving Hollywood types, and one of his…

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Peter Rollins on Hollywood and the Military

August 15, 2008

Peter C. Rollins , who recently retired as an English prof at Oklahoma State University, where he is Regents Professor Emeritus, has long specialized in film studies. Rollins,  a U.S. Marine Vietnam War veteran who holds a PhD from…

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Tropic Thunder: Over Over-the-Top, But Funny

August 13, 2008

Brandon T. Jackson, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey, Jr. in the hilarious Tropic Thunder In the car last night on the way to the movie theater to see Tropic Thunder , I heard a segment…

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Hanoi Hilton on DVD?

June 13, 2008

The Hanoi Hilton came out in 1987, which someone called "The Year of the Vietnam War film." That's because after Hollywood produced little or nothing in the way of movies set in Vietnam during the…

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Get Ready for Tropic Thunder

May 15, 2008

Are you ready for another Vietnam War comedy? Ready or not, here comes Tropic Thunder , a big Hollywood film from Dreamworks Pictures. The movie stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. as…

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Hamburger Hill, Re-Mastered

April 7, 2008

We had mixed reactions to the John Irvin Vietnam War shoot-em-up Hamburger Hill when we reviewed it in the September 1987 issue of The VVA Veteran. Coming out in the wake of Oliver Stone’s super-realistic,…

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